RIAF 2017

Here's a Preview of This Year's Ringling International Art Festival

This year's RIAF, which kicks off tonight, offers up a unique array of performances.

By Riley Board October 13, 2016

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Every year, some of the world's most thrilling and acclaimed performers gather at the Ringling Museum for three nights of music, theater, dance and more. The 2016 Ringling International Arts Festival will run from tonight, Oct. 13, through Oct. 16, featuring food, arts and a diverse assortment of stunning performances. Here's a sneak peek at some of the performers.

doug elkins choreography, etc.'s Hapless Bizarre & Mo(or)town/Redux is a unique performance of Shakespeare’s Othello set to a Motown Score. The dancers will perform on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. The show costs $35, or $31.50 to members.

Hailing from Australia, the Gravity and Other Myths acrobatic ensemble has performed all over the world, and will bring its award-winning routine to The Ringling on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., Oct. 15 at 5 p.m and 8 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.. Tickets cost $35, or $31.50 for members.

Hand Eye, a performance by the dynamic Grammy-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird, will play new music from four modern composers with its unique enthusiasm and performance style. Shows at the Historic Asolo Theater will occur on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. and on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $31.50 for members.

Thaddeus Phillips’ unique tales of travel are told with lighting, sound and voice in his theatrical performance 17 Border Crossings, detailing his trips to Europe, the Middle East and Central and South America. There will be two performances, one on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. and the other on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., and tickets are $35, or $31.50 for members.

The genius of renowned New Zealand comedian Thomas Monckton combined with Circo Aero of Finland creates an act like no other, a collection of misadventures via the piano. Performances at the Mertz Theater will be on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m., Oct, 15 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $35, or $31.50 for members.

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